On a rainy day there are few activities as welcome as whiling away the hours watching a film in your local cinema. Dubliners certainly know all about rainy days, but thankfully there are plenty of excellent cinemas across the city that suit any occasion, from first dates to family movie nights.
In this post we share the 5 best cinemas in Dublin.
Map of Cinemas
The following map shows the location of every cinema highlighted in this post:
The Light House Cinema
Source: Lighthouse Cinema
The Light House Cinema in the Smithfield neighbourhood of Dublin City centre is undoubtedly the finest cinema in the city. Housing 4 screens in an ultra-modern and stylish building, the cinema runs a mix of art house films, new releases, and classics. In addition to screening films, the Light House Cinema also run regular quiz nights and book clubs.
There is a good selection of beer on wine on offer at the cinema, as well as coffee from the Light House Cafe on-site. In addition to drinks, there is the usual cinema fare available. The cinema is conveniently located close to the Luas tram system.
Location: Smithfield, Dublin
Source: Stella Cinema
For the ultimate romantic date night, look no further than the Stella Cinema in the Rathmines neighbourhood of South Dublin. The cinema’s history dates back to 1923, when it first opened its doors as Ireland’s largest cinema at the time. The current iteration of the cinema is a restored version of the original, with many of the 1920’s art-deco features preserved, giving it a glitzy and glamorous atmosphere.
Screening a mix of new releases and well-loved classics, the cinema offers the choice of comfortable armchairs, two-seater sofas, or double beds for an extravagantly luxurious viewing experience. To top it all off, there is a range of hot food and cocktails available to order that will be dropped to your seat before the start of the film, in addition to the standard cinema fare on offer in the lobby.
Location: 207-209 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin
Irish Film Centre
Tucked away in the centre of the cobblestoned Temple Bar area of Dublin, the Irish Film Centre is an art-house cinema run by the Irish Film Institute. The Irish Film Institute run a diverse and range of Irish and international films, including new art-house releases as well as critically acclaimed classic films. The small and cosy screens make for an intimate viewing experience.
The IFI Cafe Bar serve up a range of food and drink that can be enjoyed before or after your film.
Location: 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin
ODEON Point Square
The popular ODEON chain of cinemas have locations across the country, including several in Dublin. Of their Dublin locations, we believe the pick of the bunch is the ODEON Point Square cinema, located in the Point Village Shopping Centre in the east of the city on the quays.
As one of the newest additions to the ODEON chain, the cinema is modern, clean, and usually much quieter than the other cinemas in the city centre. The cinema is also conveniently located beside the Luas tram system. Those looking for their blockbuster fix need look no further.
Location: East Wall Road, North Dock, Dublin
VUE Cinema Dublin
The final entry on our list is the hugely popular VUE Cinema Dublin in the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in west Dublin. Part of the international VUE chain of cinemas, the cinema offers a state-of-the-art viewing experience across no less than 14 screens, including 5 digital 3D screens.
For added comfort, VUE offer recliner-style armchair seats for a small additional charge. In terms of food and drink, there is an extensive range of classic cinema snacks and an endless variety of soft drinks are available through the drink dispensers in the lobby.
Location: Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Fonthill Road, Clondalkin, Dublin